Unearthing the Secret History of ‘LA’s Deadliest Punk Rock Gang’

By Patrick Lyons | Vice.com
January 17, 2016

punk music laPunk music changed forever when it hit LA. Tempos became faster, bands became meaner, violence began to spiral out of control. Rose-tinted history remembers the revolutionary effect of punk culture—the DIY ethos, resistance to police harassment, widely influential music—but what’s largely forgotten is the body count it left behind. Here, concerts became proving grounds for warring gangs who hailed from different corners of the city. The Burbank Punks Organization, Long Beach’s Vicious Circle, the East Side Punx, and other crews who associated themselves with the budding music scene wrestled for turf and street cred through despicable acts of public powerviolence.

Most dangerous of all were La Mirada Punks, a gang that quickly grew in notoriety in the 80s. Hailing from an East LA suburb that was infested with gangs long before punk took root, this coalition of troubled kids was mentored by an old veteran of a cholo gang and bonded over punk’s confrontational image and antiestablishment stance. LMP members attended shows en masse, but often seemed to be there out of bloodlust rather than any sort of musical appreciation. Whether it was stabbing an innocent bystander or humiliating a band’s frontman by trapping him in a trash can for hours, tales of LMP’s indiscriminate violence spread like wildfire throughout the punk scene in the mid-80s.

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2 Comments for “Unearthing the Secret History of ‘LA’s Deadliest Punk Rock Gang’”

  1. Lee Baca

    Are the Venice Suisidals connected with the Long Beach Suis Crips? Are the La Mirada Punks connected with the La Mirada Lokos and Hustler Crips?

  2. M

    Your way off i know varrios in the south easth los that are know copki*lers neighbor hoods and there a shooting at least one everyweekend and these gang are way older then most these gangs you choose.and this are probly has the most heavy hitters out of all the LA gangs …Varrio ARTA ARTESIA 13 1920’S…Varrio NWK vNorwalk 13 1930’s…Varrio HGR 13 1920’s…Santa Fe springs Varrio CR 13 1930’s…Varrio Carmelas CvlS 1920’s…fact here !!!!

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